Rossini's Hot Playlist

November 25, 2014 7:13 PM

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What is it about Rossini operas that make them still hot tickets? Could it be those galloping orchestrals or heart-stopping vocal vaults? Or perhaps those preposterous story lines are needed distractions in a time of stress. Who knows, who cares, opera fans in Philly can't get enough. In September, Opera Philadelphia's raucous production of The Barber of Seville packed them in at the Academy of Music, with an added 6,000 crowding in on Independence Mall for a arena screening of the opening night performance.

In November, the Academy of Vocal Arts performed to sold-out houses with a way over the grand opera buffa top production of Rossini's L'Italiana In Algeri. Stage director Dorothy Danner keeps everything in dizzying motion between shipwrecks, wife-swapping and the occasional hookah party. Even the pa...

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